Thursday, March 31, 2011
Bowens/Hasselblad Seminar with Peter Coulson Only a Few Days Away
This is a free event and a great chance to pick up some tips from one of Australia's leading image makers. You will also have the opportunity to see the latest Bowens lighting equipment and the supurb Hasselblad H4D-60.
The Pentax K-5 offers superb build quality and user interface making it one of the most competitive models in it's class. You get quite a lot of bang for your buck with the K-5, some of the feature highlights include:
- 16.3Mp CMOS sensor
- ISO sensitivity span of 80-51,200 (equivalent)
- 1080p HD movie mode
- Limited in-camera movie editing functionality
- Socket for external microphone input
- Triple-axis sensor-based shake reduction (horizontal, vertical and rotational correction)
- New SAFOX IX+ 11-point AF system (improved over the K-7)
- Support for older Pentax lenses with manual aperture rings
- Magnesium alloy body shell
- Improved handheld HDR function (JPEG mode only)
- Continuous shooting up to 7fps
- 100% viewfinder coverage (0.92x magnification)
- Choice of PEF or DNG RAW files
- 3in, 921k pixel LCD screen
One of the most welcome new improvements amongst many photo enthusiasts is the ability to use older Pentax lenses with aperture ring control. Pentax has for decades made some of the finest optics available for the 35mm system and this integration with the current model allows photographers to explore the wonderful possibilities that these vintage lenses can offer. Although not specifically designed for the digital system, older lenses can produce unique images not possible with the current lens line up.
Aside from all the functionality the camera offers it also has a build quality which is second to none. Pentax have always built good cameras and this one is no exception with weather sealing and magnesium alloy chassis providing a solid and ergonomically friendly experience.
For a full list of technical specifications download a fact sheet here
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
*UPDATE* More News from Fuji About X100 Deliveries
"You may have read media updates recently relating to the re-commencement of X100 production following the earthquake in Japan.
We have received overnight, a further update from Fujifilm Tokyo.
Faced with extreme challenges, very significant resources have been utilised so that as we speak, X100 is currently back in production.
Fujifilm Tokyo anticipates commencement of exports by mid April, disrupting the original schedule by about one month.
What does this mean for Australian customers?
Fujifilm Australia anticipates seeing our next X100 shipment arriving in Australia towards the end of April, although at this stage we don't know what quantity we will receive. Note that we currently have enough backorders and forward orders to take up all April-May stock arrivals, so at this stage any new customer orders will probably not be able to be filled until June. As more information becomes available over the next couple of weeks we will be in a better position to advise on an ETA.
We once again thank you and your customers for your understanding and patience during what are clearly challenging times."
We have a shop camera here in stock so if your interested in checking one out head instore for a hands on demo. We are currently taking orders for the X100 and the list seems to be growing day by day. If you are hoping to get a camera with the first shipment then get your name on our order list as allocations are running out quickly.
Camera Electronic, Stockists of the Full Range of Adobe Creative Products
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Sleep Easy with Drobo Digital Backup Solutions
The Drobo is like your old fashioned RAID data syncing backup systems but then so much more! It's network compatible, it's photographer proof (a.k.a easy to use), it can easily expand storage capacity as your needs grow, it looks really cool, it keeps everything in one easy to access place on your system and best of all....it does everything automatically without disrupting your access to your data or bothering you with reminders.
Check out this video for a great example of how the Drobo system works with your currant computer set-up.
New Sekonic L-308DC Digi Cine Mate
A full brochure for the L-308DC is available for download here
Sekonic DigiCineMate L-308DC
The versatility of today's cameras is expanding at an amazing rate. Digital SLR cameras are used to record moving images and digital video cameras are used to capture still frames for printing. Whether you are a DSLR videographer, cinematographer, still photographer or involved in any facet of image capture, the Sekonic L-308DC is the perfect meter for you.
Three Ways to Meter
The compact, Sekonic L-308DC is the first meter that can be customized to display only specific functions needed for the task at hand for fast, easy operation.
• DSLR videographers can make exposure readings and control light using shutter speeds and frame rates and get aperture settings with one-tenth stop accuracy. The display can be customized match your camera in full, 1/2 or 1/3 step readings. Brightness display in Lux and Foot Candles make it perfect for lighting-design work.
• Cinematographers can make exposure readings and control light using the most useful frame rates and shutter angles and get aperture settings with one-tenth stop accuracy. Exposure display can be customized to match your camera and Lux and Foot Candle readout enables quick set up of lights.
• Traditional still-image photographers will enjoy shutter-priority display of a full range of ambient and flash functions including Cord and Cordless flash measurement as well as EV. All with one-tenth stop accuracy and display that can be customized to your camera.
Three Ways to Measure Light
• The L-308DC's Lumisphere tells you about the light you are controlling. It is designed to integrate all of the illumination that falls on it, and the subject, including the key light, line light, hair light, eye lights, etc. Besides taking nearly foolproof exposure readings, its incident light reading enables you to set up and light a scene before the principal talent arrives. You can also “walk the set” to measure the evenness of the illumination.
• Snap on the accessory Lumidisc to measure for lighting green screens, adjusting ratios and taking lux and foot-candle measurements.
• Slide the Lumisphere to the right to measure light reflected from the subject or the brightness of light sources or window light.
Monday, March 28, 2011
New Firmware Release for Pentax 645D
Our demo 645D has been upgraded to the new firmware and is available for hire. Our rates cover daily, weekly and weekend hire but we can also discuss special rates if you require the camera for longer.
A full list of our hire equipment is available here.
New Olympus EPL-2 Now in Stock!
The new EPL-2 is also available with the new M.Zuiko Digital 14-42mm MkII kit lens for all round high quality image making. The lens is compact enough to compliment the camera but versatile enough to cover most photographic applications. The existing lenses and accessories for the Pen range will also work seamlessly with the new model meaning that if your upgrading there is no need to worry about replacing your whole kit, just the body itself.
Another exciting feature of the system is the introduction of new PENPAL Bluetooth module PP-1 which allows you to send files straight from your camera to any Bluetooth enabled mobile phone via the new accessory port AP2.
Stroboframe Flash Brackets for Better Flash Photography
Stroboframe brackets are available for the majority of professional cameras, they are even available for medium format models as well.
1. "Camera-Rotating Brackets" - The Most Versatile
Featuring the original, patented Rotary-Link™, this family of brackets is made especially for rectangular-format cameras. These brackets allow you to rotate the camera, keeping the flash centered above the lens for both horizontal and vertical compositions. This design permits unlimited flash positioning and aiming. It is also the best bracket for use with a tripod. Rotary-Link brackets are the most versatile of the Stroboframe system.
2. “Flash-Rotating” Brackets - Compact and Lightweight Rotate the flash, not the camera. Keep the flash centered over the lens for horizontal and vertical compositions. Generally lighter and more compact than the camera-rotating models.
Friday, March 25, 2011
Camera Electronic, best shop for B+W Filters
B+W filters have been the preferred high end filter for decades and when looking at the craftsmanship that goes into each one it's easy to see why. Filters are made to the highest of optical and mechanical standards by Schneider Optics Germany and unlike many filters which are simply rolled from glass blanks these filters are ground and polished in a similar way to the optics in your lens.
B+W was also the first manufacturer to employ MRC filter technology, this MRC coating allows the filters to repeal dust, dirt, water and scratches thus increasing the durability and life span of your investment.
A download of the full B+W filter catalog is available here.
Nifty Camera Stabilizer from Steadepod!
The SteadePod changes all this, it allows you to get some measure of stability without compromising on how you want to make your image. It will never replace your tripod, and probably not even your monopod, but it is the third tier of camera support which allows you to get those shots that would other wise be impossible.
This is a great little video on how the Steadepod actually works.
|Courtesy of Darwin Wiggett|
|Courtesy of Darwin Wiggett|
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Digital Image Flow Grey Cards New to Stock
Apart from the obvious application of colour balance, the Digital Image Flow grey Card can also be used as a device for reflective ambient light and flash readings.
Check out this short film for real life examples of the importance of accurate color balance!
Labels: Digital Image Flow
Update on R3000 Delivery...
New High Speed Pro Hoodman Cards Instore Soon
- RAW @ 675X 100 MB/second...10% faster than all manufacturers...15 seconds per GB downloads.
- RAW's 500,000 cycle life SSD Flash inside...
- More than 5 times the life a 90 MB/sec card.
- More than 50 times the life of a 60 MB/sec card.
- Zero failures world wide 3 years and counting...
- Built better, in the USA!
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Tamron Super Special!!!
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
New Leica Silverline Binoculars in Stock
The finish of these new binoculars is the same gorgeous and hard wearing anodized silver as used on the classic Leica cameras, the finish is hard wearing and very scratch proof. The fine black leatherette grips are the finishing touch and contrast perfectly with the bright silver. Under the hood these are still the same high end optics as used in the older Ultravid series of binoculars meaning that image quality is of the highest standard.
Visit the Silverline Mini Website or give us a call to get a feel for the styling and quality of these high end optics.
New Eizo ColorEdge CG275W Professional Monitor Announced
The CG275W is everything you'd expect from Eizo but now with the exciting new feature of automatic and built in calibration. The time saving implications of this are obvious, no more digging around the office for a calibration device and then sitting patiently as you tie up your workstations waiting for a software driven calibration to finish. The new built in sensor can be programed to do all this automatically and it is even possible to schedule calibrations independent of your computer hardware so when you've shut down and headed home for the day the monitor will take care of the rest and great you with a perfectly calibrated screen in the morning.
Dates for t first shipments of the new monitor are not clear but we are all set up to take orders if you wanted to secure some of the first coming through the door. Demand will be high on these so get in early to avoid disappointment.
I'll keep you up to date as more information comes to hand, in the mean time check out the website for full specifications and list of features.
Canon to Release New Super Telephoto Line Up
Canon are updating the line up of pro super telephoto lenses for the EOS system. The 300mm f2.8, 400mm f2.8, 500mm f4 and 600mm f4 are all set to receive new optical designs and significant changes in construction materials to make the lenses much lighter than the predecessors. Canon are also advertising the lenses as being much better suited for digital bodies with new and improved weather sealing and dust protection.
It will be interesting to see how Canon will improve what has been for many years a winning formula. The new optical design is said to reduce ghosting and flaring on digital sensors whilst at the same time reducing chromatic aberration to an absolute minimum.
The actual release date for the lenses is still a little unclear but we have already placed orders for the range of super-tele lenses and we will let you know when more information comes to hand.
New SanDisk Extreme Pro SD Cards
Cullmann Tripds - Quality Camera Supports from Germany
The Cullmann brand has been huge in North America and Europe for years and it is starting to look like they will take off here too. The quality and workmanship that goes into these products is what you'd expect from such a well respected German brand and the range covers everything from light weight travel supports right through to larger units for heavy camera setups.
The top of the range 'Magnesit' series use lightweight materials such as carbon and magnesium find that perfect balance between tripod weight and tripod stability. They are available in a multitude of different configurations so finding a kit that will suit your specific needs will be no worries at all. The 'Magnesit' range is also covered by a 10 year warranty for piece of mind.
The 'Nanomax' series is the slightly scaled back version designed for the beginner to advanced amateur. They are cleverly designed and although they don't use the same exotic materials of their more prestigious bigger brother, they still offer superb versatility and are covered by the same 10 year guarantee.
Download the full brochure here or come down and check out one of our demo units.
X100 Demo Unit Now in Stock!
This morning we are pleased to announce that we now have an X100 demo unit in stock. We can't sell it but you are more than welcome to head down and have a look at it.
You can find a full download of the brochure here, it sure is worth checking out!
Friday, March 18, 2011
FujiFilm X100 Official West Australian Luanch
Remotly Control Your Elinchrom Gear with your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad
News From Fuji About X100 Delivery Delays
FUJIFILM is making every effort to quickly gather the information needed to provide an accurate update to our retail partners and consumers.
FUJIFILM appreciates your patience and will provide a formal update as soon as possible."
New Epson R3000 Expected for Delievery Very Soon
Epson has released it's new flagship A3+ format printer the R3000, we are hoping to have stock in store over the next week but I will keep you up to date with more precise delivery dates as they come available. We are accepting pre-orders on the new model so if you want to be one of the first to put the new machine through it's paces give us a call or drop an email to us.
Click here for the new R3000 product video or click here for the brochure
From all reports this new printer sets new standards for image quality and ease of use. More than twice the ink capacity and refined ink application are two of the new feature highlights, we will post more info once we get a chance to test the new printer.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Bowens/Hasselblad Seminar with Peter Coulson
Click on the image below for more details....
Peter is also running three further workshops for early April, be sure to get in early as class sizes are limited to 12 people.
Instant Analogue Photography on the Comeback
|image courtesy of http://www.the-impossible-project.com/|
New Canon 600D Now in Stock
The new camera firmware is also another huge improvement making the camera even more user friendly. All settings and features are explained clearly by a little pop up information boxes which activate when the user selects an option. It is amazing that no one has thought of this before, or at least implemented it as superbly as Canon have done. After 5 minutes with the camera I started to question why Canon even bothered to ship the camera with a user manual at all!!
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Hasselblad Phocus now on iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad!!
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Friday, March 4, 2011
Don't Let Your Images Down with Poor Calibration
Camera Electronic can solve these problems for you and set you up with a precise and easy to understand calibration management system. We can do the hard work of setting up and explaining all the behind the scenes stuff leaving you free to do what you do best.
We stock calibration solutions from DataColor, X-Rite, Digital Image Flow and Eizo and we can even create custom ICC profiles for all printable media types. Come in and see us to discuss how to get the best from your images without the headache or guess work.